1238 GMT June 16, 2019
Soldiers on Monday opened fire on a march in Abuja by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) which is trying to secure the release of its leader Ibrahim Zakzaky.
IMN protesters said the army killed at least 18 of their number in Monday’s shootings though the military said only three people died and four soldiers were injured. Iran condemned the deadly attack.
Police on Tuesday attempted to stop hundreds of IMN members as they headed toward the center of Abuja, where most government buildings and the presidency are located.
When marchers refused to turn back, police fired tear gas on the crowd. The protesters responded by hurling rocks, and the police opened fire, according to the Reuters witness.
At least one IMN member was wounded by the gunfire, the witness added.